Friday, 10 July 2020

TRAVEL || GETTING THE MOST OUT OF THE SUN IN BEAUTIFUL MARBELLA - AD


When it comes to the sun, sea and sand I think we can all agree that one of our favourite destinations in Europe is Spain. And what's a better destination than Costa del Sol in the south coast of mainland Spain, or to narrow it down even more - the very glam and popular area of Marbella. An ample share of beaches, villas, parks, and history make it a must-see city. Here are a few tips for you to consider before making your way to beautiful Marbella.

You must visit the Old Town.
I feel like this is the obvious choice for any city or country that you visit, yet so many people tend to miss out on the stunning architecture and Spanish souvenirs and tapas at a fraction of the price as compared to the city of Puerto Banis which might be a better choice if you like extravagant and luxurious shopping. The Old Town offers all types of clothing, accessories and decorative items for your home, made with genuine Spanish textiles and craftsmanship. The shopping centres in Old Town, like El Capricho and El CaƱada, are more brand-focused if this is what you're looking for.

Consider getting a beachside view from your hotel room.
The tranquil waters of marinas like Puerto Banis and the glamorous crowds and establishments on that beachfront might be the main reason what draws us towards this gorgeous place. Now imagine being able to see that from your hotel room whilst you're getting ready to go out for dinner and/or drinks. With as many hotels as there are available with beachside views, you might also like to consider getting an apartment in Marbella as they allow a lot more privacy and space to roam around just as you like.

Don't forget to fully appreciate the culture.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in all the sun, sea and shopping centres that Marbella has to offer. However, it's also popular for the arts and being the cultural hotspot of Costa del Sol. Avenida del Mar boulevard offers beautiful open-air sculptures which are surreal bronze creations by no other than Salvador Dali. The two must-see galleries are the Magpie International Art Gallery and Couso Freedom Art Gallery which are both situated close to the Old Town.

Daytime drinking vs. Nightime drinking.
If you know me personally you'll know I much prefer to have a drink during the day as it takes me about 24 hours to recover after which means that I never really get a full night's sleep! The nightlife of Marbella is known to be absolutely amazing, but apparently also easy to avoid if you're not into that sort of thing. The majority of the resort area and the city is relatively quiet so you won't be involved in any unwanted clubbing. However, if you are interested in going all out then you can find a variety of clubs and bars closer to the beach, while Plaza de Los Naranjos turns into the best place in the city for local music and flamenco dancing at night - sounds perfect to me. 

Marbella is definitely one of those places that everyone should tick off their bucket lists, though it is important to plan ahead of time to avoid going during the expensive seasons. If you've already visited the most famous cities in Spain like Madrid, Seville, and Barcelona then make sure you don't miss out on Marbella!

*This post is a collaboration, however, all opinions are honest and my own.

Lots of love,
Maya xo

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